Banana Bay, Bahamas © Pietro
Bahamas Travel Guide
The 29 islands, 661 cays, and 2,387 islets that make up the Bahamas constitute a paradise of hidden treasures for holidaymakers to explore.
Isolated lagoons and near-deserted beaches evoke images of bloodthirsty pirates, buried chests of gold, and rum in hidden spots, and visitors can learn more about the colourful history of swashbucklers in the Bahamas at the Nassau Pirate Museum.
Piracy has given way to tourism and banking as the prime industries of the islands. Most visitors to the Bahamas will never get a glimpse into the buttoned-up financial world of the Bahamas, but that's okay because they're too busy swimming with dolphins, hiking and bird-watching in Bahamas National Trust Park, scuba diving in spectacular coral reefs, and enjoying world-class resorts with facilities like golf courses, casinos, watersports, spas and other holiday activities.
Best time to visit the Bahamas
The weather in the Bahamas is beautiful all year round; however, it can get very hot in the late summer months of July and August. Hurricane season in the Bahamas runs from June to November, and this is considered the off-season so many hotels and resorts do major construction projects then. The best time to visit the Bahamas is between December and April, when temperatures range between 75°F and 85°F (24°C - 29°C) and there is little rain. Read more about Bahamas Climate and Weather.
What to see in the Bahamas
-Learn some local history at the Bahamas Historical Museum.
-Go bird-watching in Half Moon Cay.
-Learn about swashbuckling brigands at the Pirate Museum in Nassau.
What to do in the Bahamas
-Get a close-up view of sea life on an undersea walk.
-Go sport fishing for sailfish and marlin in the Bimini Islands.
-Hug a friendly bottlenose dolphin at Dolphin Encounters.
Getting to the Bahamas
There are plenty of direct cheap flights to the Bahamas from the US, departing from most major airports on half a dozen airlines. There are no direct flights to the Bahamas from the UK. However, connecting flights are available, and the flight takes about nine hours. Get more information on Bahamas Airports.
Thine is the Kingdom by Garth Buckner and Island Boy by Eric Minns.
Alphonso 'Blind Blake' Higgs
Thunderball (1966) and After the Sunset (2004).
Bahama Mama cocktails
Local seafood like crayfish and conch.
Buy in the Bahamas
Pearl jewellery and woven baskets are great souvenirs from the Bahamas. Avoid conch shells, as they are endangered and may be confiscated by customs.
Pack for the Bahamas
Be sure to pack lots of sunscreen for the Bahamas, as the sun can be quite intense.
What's on in the Bahamas
Boxing Day is lively and colourful as locals celebrate Junkanoo each year with parades and music. The Long Island Regatta is the main event in the Bahamas yachting calendar every year.
Some random facts
-Bahamas has the clearest waters in the world, with visibility of over 200 feet (61 meters).
-The ratio of flamingos to people on Great Inagua is 61 flamingos to one person.
-Paradise Island was originally called Hogg Island.
A final word
The sparkling beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas make the country an ideal island holiday destination.
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